Bits and pieces: transfers news and a lot more.

Bits and pieces: transfers news and a lot more.

Harry Kane and Levy

It has been reported in the Telegraph that Daniel Levy will not drop his estimate of Harry Kan’s value and could even refuse a UK record offer of £150m from City.

Thoughts

Much of this is paper talk, and we won’t know what is what until the final deadline. Levy is not stupid, and if he thinks the offer is the best he will get, he will take it, knowing full well that Kane wants to go. His worth will decrease year by year if Levy doesn’t cash in now.

I was at the game against Wolves, and as you all know, Kane came over to our end to applaud us, the fans. But was that applause for saying, “thank you, but I am off” or “thank you, but don’t worry, I am staying”. Or he just realises that it is out of his hands?

Adama Traore to Spurs?

According to the Times paper, Wolves have rejected a bid from Spurs to take the winger Adama Traore on loan.

Thoughts

According to what I’ve heard, this is just an early ploy to ask for him on loan and then up their offer to something more permanent. Levy is an accountant by trade and knows how to deal with people in negotiations. If he is determined to get him, he will. Also; Nuno is a fan (of Traore)and worked with him closely at Wolves and would love him to come to Tottenham.

Weston McKennie is wanted by us (????)

According to Calciomercato – in Italian, we have opened talks with Juventus over a move for United States midfielder Weston McKennie, 22.

Thoughts

Again, I’ve heard different stories from my contacts within Spurs. He isn’t on our radar, however, that is now and doesn’t mean things won’t change. The closer we get to the end of the transfer window, the more desperate (if desperate is the case) we could get.

A bit of news about one of our ex-players.

When talking to Sky Sports News, Pascal Chimbonda has admitted that his move in 2006, from Wigan Athletic to Tottenham, was ‘the worst’ transfer of his career. In that interview, he did admit that it was a ‘good move’ for him personally, nevertheless, he claimed that the way in which the transfer happened ‘didn’t go very well’.

Chimbonda handed in his transfer request – strangely – just moments after full-time (against Arsenal) while still on the pitch. And he did get his wish and moved to Spurs, where he played 103 times in all competitions for us, even winning that rare Trophy under Levy,  the League Cup in 2008.

Despite this fantastic and historical success under Daniel Levy (winning a cup), Chimbonda admitted that moving to our club was his career’s ‘worst’ transfer.

When asked what his preferred transfer was, he responded by saying, “Well, I wouldn’t say my favourite one, but I would say the worst one was when I left Wigan to go to Spurs. It was a good move, but the way it goes didn’t go very well. That’s one of the only frustrating things in my career, but with time I’ve moved on, and mistakes happen.”

He was also asked if the story about him asking for a transfer – in writing – after the Arsenal game was true, he said, “Yeah, I did it. I did it because I didn’t know how it worked in England and my agent told me wrong. That’s my only mistake, and if I had to do it again, I wouldn’t do it in that way because Wigan opened the door for me, and I shouldn’t have done something like that. I don’t think people forget about it, but it’s something that cost me a big move somewhere else. Yes, it’s frustrating, but it didn’t stop me from moving on with my career.” He then went on and said, “It (the note) was in my bag inside an envelope, and I gave it to the manager. I thought he would go home and read, but he opened it with the chairman. It was a latter saying ‘thank you gaffer for opening the door for me to come to Wigan’, but it was a transfer request. But I am not pleased with it because I think my agent told me to do that, and I think if I didn’t do it, I would’ve not been playing at Spurs but somewhere else.”

Thoughts

Every move one makes is probably the best for them (at the time) until they actually see what is what and either enjoy their time or believe it was a wrong move, and the misery sets in. I doubt he will be the last player that will tell such a story like that. At least he won a trophy with us, and no other Spurs player (that wasn’t in that cup winning team) can say the same under Levy’s rule.

I am sure that Tanguy Ndombele is thinking the same at this moment in time and wants to get away immediately.

Until next time, take care, Glenn

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